The decision has been made: Spencer Dinwiddie has chosen to have surgery on torn ligaments in his right thumb, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie will have surgery on Monday to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2019
Later, Woj added that the 25-year-old is likely to miss 3-to-6 weeks.
ESPN story on Brooklyn guard Spencer Dinwiddie electing for thumb surgery on Monday, expected to be out 3-to-6 weeks. https://t.co/1EdVgQgz5U— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 26, 2019
Woj reported Dinwiddie met with two New York-based hand specialists late this week and both recommended the surgical option, sources said.
On Friday, there was speculation that Dinwiddie might try to play through the pain, but it was always more likely he would go for the surgery. The Nets have yet to provide details on the surgery, and almost certainly will not provide a timeframe for his return but typically, thumb ligament surgery means four to six weeks lost. Kenny Atkinson said Friday that Dinwiddie injured his thumb two months back and it’s gotten worse lately.
The 6’6” point guard was averaging 17.2 points and 5.0 assists, almost all of it off the bench. After being a legitimate candidate for Most Improved Player last season, Dinwiddie was a legitimate candidate for Sixth Man of the Year this season.
He signed a three-year, $34 million extension with the Nets last month rather than go into free agency in July.
No word yet on the return of Caris LeVert who dislocated his foot in early November or Jared Dudley who has a hamstring issue. Also on the mend but nearing a return, according to the Nets: Allen Crabbe and Dzanan Musa.
The Nets had Shabazz Napier and Theo Pinson taking up Dinwiddie’s minutes vs. the Knicks. They finished with a combined 35 points.
- Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie to have thumb surgery, to miss 3-6 weeks - Adrian Wojnarowski - ESPN